Hayden Godfrey is the ultimate high school sweetheart. He did something so incredible, so inspiring and so selfless that it’s already been shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook alone. This high school senior spent more than $450 to buy a flower for every single girl in his Utah high school.
Seventeen-year-old Hayden Godfrey had an idea in middle school. According to Hayden’s mother, Erin, he noticed some girls didn’t receive any gifts on Valentine’s Day. She said in an interview with ABC News,”That broke his heart on Valentine’s Day… He wanted every girl to feel joy.”
So since that tender age of 14, this well known “sensitive soul” would send flowers to dozens of his friends anonymously. Each year, this sweet habit expanded, until he decided that this year, he wanted to make “as many people as possible” happy on Valentine’s Day.
A flower for each of the over 800 girls in his Smithfield, Utah, high school was a daunting and expensive task for the senior. So he knew he had to start saving up. He worked as a cook at McDonald’s and as a dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant, even bagging groceries for 10 months, all to earn the $450 it took to buy the 900 carnations.
To make sure the petals were delivered on time, he ordered the flowers delivered to his home three weeks in advance. Then, he enlisted the help of nearly 20 friends to cut and prepare each of the 24-inch stems. The flowers had one day to bloom, and then he used his parents’ van to deliver the beautiful gesture to Sky View High School on Thursday, Feb. 11 (since the school was closed on Friday and Valentine’s Day was on a Sunday).
Lilyan Sharp, Godfrey’s girlfriend of the past six months, loved the gesture.
“I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything,” she confessed. “I know how it feels.”
Sharp added that each girl left school with a “giant smile on their face.”
And, yes, he made sure to make his girlfriend feel special, too. For his gift to her on the big day, Godfrey is taking Sharp to see A Great Big World in concert on March 28 in Salt Lake City.
Assistant Principal Curt Hanks helped Godfrey by giving him the headcount as well as allowing him and his friends to interrupt the last class of the day to pass them out. Hanks was floored by the action, saying “He believes girls deserve a flower every Valentine’s Day. For whatever reason, he’s got really strong feelings about it.”
Godfrey confirmed his kind motives in an interview in Mashable, saying, “I firmly believe no girl should feel excluded on Valentine’s day. If it was up to me, Valentine’s wouldn’t be a day about couples, but a day about loving your fellow human beings.”
Hanks praised Godfrey, saying, “I think that he’s an amazing kid,” and adding, “I’m speechless at his actions.”
Godfrey handed out all of the carnations, which went to 834 girls—so there are quite a few leftovers, since he had budgeted for 900 of the flowers. He announced that he isn’t sure what exactly he’ll do with the remainder, but that he’ll “find something.”
“I don’t think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls,” he wrote on Facebook.
Needless to say, Godfrey’s gesture didn’t go unnoticed by his appreciative peers.
“I think it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “I got a lot of ‘thank yous’ that day. It was really cool.”
Godfrey plans to attend college in Utah after graduating this spring.